Google Chrome Has Gained The Ability To Create QR Codes

Google has very recently added a new feature to Chrome, allowing users to generate QR codes with the application.

QR codes have quietly sprung about in the modern world. Unlike the advent of iPhones or 5G towers, which were released and integrated into current culture with much pomp, QR codes silently snuck into our local stores, chain restaurants, apps, and the like. Their current-day use often entails promotional avenues, such as scanning in order to get a discount off of a local Starbucks' frappuccino (yes, this author is admittedly not very up to date with current trends), or to quickly enter a website without the hassle of typing the entire URL out.

WhatsApp's online Web version actively relies on built-in scanners in order to login and out of browsers. Again, while QR codes have never been front and center, they're almost around every corner and one could easily think up multiple examples featuring their use.

In lieu of that, especially considering how website oriented many QR destinations usually are, it's rather surprising that Google Chrome, a browser of significant renown and caliber, didn't acquire an integrated generator some time ago. The application owns a huge share of the browser market, with a whopping total of 69.28%. Considering this very significant number, and the massive userbase it implies, the implementation of QR code scanners seems like the most intuitive, even natural, step to take.

The feature is currently only available on the desktop version of the Chrome app and, as reported by MS Power User, is currently available to majority of its userbase, as the new feature is still being rolled out. It's accessibility is rather simple as well, as all one has to do is either click on an option added to the address bar, or right click on the page itself to begin creating the code. While this feature's lack of implementation across the mobile version of the browser is slightly disappointing, mobile phones already have built-in scanners that users can rely on, making this a fair trade-off.

The feature is available across Chrome 88, the most recent update to the browsers, released publicly in January 2021. The browser was swiftly accompanied by a myriad of other tweaks and revamps to the Chrome status quo such as a better Dark Theme.

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